By: Ian Russell
From: The British Voice
For three weeks in August, Edinburgh’s population explodes as actors and performers from all over the world descend for the “Festival”.
It was during this time that I learned about what it means to be an actor, how hard it is, and the level of commitment that is needed to succeed. I wasn’t ready then. But some 20 years later, when I decided to venture into voiceovers, it was this period that I drew upon heavily, to support my performance choices. I knew I had to dedicate myself, immerse myself and learn as much about the craft, the business, and the techniques of voiceover that I could, as quickly as I could.
The essential founding principle of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – “is that it is an event that welcomes anyone with a story to tell and a venue to host them”. Its own story dates back to 1947 when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival. They must have created quite the impression! The festival now boasts thousands of experimental shows and there are even events that can be accessed online to enjoy. To draw a parallel with voiceover, both have a reasonable cost of entry. Getting started in the business of VO has plummeted as technology has made decent equipment affordable and the internet had made clients all over the world accessible. But as with the festival, just because you can, doesn’t mean that success will follow on from your initial show of investments.
Edinburgh is an amazing historic place, made even more so, with what started out as an unexpected festival. It’s a mighty force of raw talent, dedication, and ambition, just bursting from its seams. What an honor to always have my place there as a past performer.
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